Tragic boxer Kuba Moczyk has died
PUBLISHED: 12:09 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:48 24 November 2016
Picture: Magdalena Moczyk
Members of the boxing community have paid tribute to a young fighter who lost his battle for life, after spending four days on life support following his very first fight.
Kuba Moczyk, 22 of Great Yarmouth died last night, having been on life support since the weekend.
The James Paget Hospital in Gorleston has confirmed the family have elected to use the organ donation service.
Kuba was taken to the hospital on Saturday night, after competing in the ring for the first time at the Atlantis Arena in town.
Tributes are already pouring in for the fighter on social media, as well as across the boxing community.
Leading Great Yarmouth promoter Leon Docwra said: “I had known him for a few years and had given him the keys to my own personal gym - that’s how trustworthy he was.
“I’m gutted. He had his whole life in front of him. It’s just so tragic, but it shows how dangerous the sport can be.” Mr Docwra has since told his two sons Jake and Chaney, both boxing champions, he doesn’t wish for them to compete any more, and has cancelled an event he was organising for March.
“It’s really affected me,” he said. “I love boxing and it runs in my family, but now I’m done.
“His family are so brave and my thoughts are with them. The future was so bright for him.”
Mr Docwra will be honouring Kuba at a meet and greet event in Gorleston with champion boxer Tyson Fury this evening with a minute’s silence.
He added: “I’ve spoken to Tyson and he says he is devastated. We will be collecting for the family to help give him the send off he deserves.”
Scott Osinski, Kuba’s trainer, has said he is in shock, having worked with him at Lenny Boy’s Gym, where he was a member.
He said: “Everybody at the gym just wants him back. It doesn’t feel real at the moment, I keep expecting to wake up and see him in the gym tomorrow.
“He was such a kind young man with the biggest heart. He was so lovely - he never wanted to hurt anybody in the ring, he just wanted to show people his talent and will be sorely missed.
“We have all been to see him in hospital ever day since it happened, and everybody is so distraught. All we can do now is offer our support to the family.”